Common signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis
The Arthritis Society
People with osteoarthritis (OA), the most common type of arthritis, often experience limitations in their daily activities. An estimated one in 10 Canadian adults has OA. The Arthritis Society has developed a list of common signs and symptoms to help identify this disease.
1. A gradual onset of pain occurs in joints typically affected by OA. These include the end and middle joints of the fingers, the base of the thumb or big toe, hips, knees or back.
2. Pain is commonly worse after specific joints are used, but improves with rest.
3. Morning stiffness is experienced for 15 to 30 minutes in affected joints.
4. Sharp pain might be experienced in affected joints throughout the day and when sleeping.
5. There may be swelling on and around affected joints.
6. Loss of strength and flexibility may be experienced on and around affected areas.
7. The affected joints may have a "creaking" sound when moved or flexed.
If you think you have arthritis, speak to your health care provider. There is also extensive information about arthritis at The Arthritis Society's website, www.arthritis.ca.